COLTEK, GSDI III Organise Maiden Workshop to Kick-start Implementation of MOU

Representatives of the College of Technology Education, Kumasi (COLTEK) and other relevant institutions including a Technical University and some Colleges of Education in Ghana have ended a two-week intensive trainer of trainers`workshop on School Management at COLTEK of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

A total of 25 people drawn from COLTEK, College of Agriculture (CAGRIC), UEW; Tamale Technical University (TTU); Mampong Technical College of Education, Presbyterian College of Education as well as other Colleges of Education from Ada, Akropong, Akatsi, and Bagabaga attended the workshop.

Major topics treated included Leadership in Schools; Change Management at Schools; Quality Management – Quality Framework; Self Evaluation Tools and Instruments; Managing Resources and School Budget; Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis; Planning for Improvement –Strategic Plans for Schools.

The workshop was in fulfillment of a key item in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that COLTEK signed with Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) III on April 4, 2019.

Among other things, GSDI III has committed itself to support the capacity building of COLTEK staff via the MOU that is aimed, ultimately, to bolster training in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) section of education in Ghana.

Closing the workshop on behalf of the Ag. Principal of COLTEK, Prof Frederick Kwaku Sarfo, the Deputy Registrar and Head of University Relations, Mr. Michael K. Twum-Ampomah reiterated COLTEK`s commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of the MOU.

He was highly appreciative of GSDI III for its prompt organisation of the maiden capacity building workshop for the institutions present and hoped that participants would impart the knowledge acquired on their respective institutions and those in their environs.

Stressing the importance of TVET to the development of Ghana, Mr. Twum-Ampomah called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to join in the campaign to disabuse the wrong impression that persons who opt for TVET are usually academically-weak.

He commended the participants for their enthusiasm and cooperation at the workshop.

Ms. Abigail Abrokwah from the Assessment and Certification Unit, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), who represented the Executive Director of COTVET, Dr. Fred Kyei hinted that the Council was in the process of collaborating with industry for hands on training of students in the TVET area.

She asked the participants to join hands with COTVET to campaign against the wrong perceptions that have shrouded and crippled TVET in the country, stressing that TVET was a sure way to expedite the development of the nation.

The participants were grateful for the rare opportunity offered them to learn new ways of managing schools.

A participant, Mr. Aaron Kumah was happy about the insight he had gained on the use of the Map Plan Facilitation Method. In his view, the method was an improved way to do facilitation even beyond the TVET domain.

Mr. Kumah, who is also a Lecturer at COLTEK, commended the organisers for the aptness of the topics selected and the facilitators for their “fantastic presentations and smooth delivery on the various topics.”

The main facilitators of the workshop were the Co-ordinator of Admissions Unit, COLTEK, Mr. Daniel Konin and a representative of GSDI III, Madam Ute Anna Ochsenreither.